South Africa 8.10.2014 06:00 am

More arrests expected in brutal Melville murder

Thulani Popoyi's body was discovered outside a club in Melville, Johannesburg on Sunday. Pic: Twitter.

Thulani Popoyi's body was discovered outside a club in Melville, Johannesburg on Sunday. Pic: Twitter.

More arrests are expected in connection with the brutal murder of Thulani Popoyi, whose body was found outside a bar in Melville, Johannesburg.

Dollar Table Bar owner Sydney Moshapo had been arrested in connection with the murder.

The former Lions junior rugby player’s body was found with a number of stab wounds to his neck and chest at the corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue in Melville, while his chest appeared to have been hacked open.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini confirmed that Moshapo had been granted R5 000 bail in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

“Moshapo is due again in court on November 6, said Dlamini.

“Investigations are continuing.”

Brixton police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Bheki Ngubane said Moshapo had been arrested after he arrived at the scene in the late afternoon on Sunday, after Popoyi’s body was discovered.

He was arrested for defeating the ends of justice and for suspicion of murder.

This after staff members failed to show up for work on Sunday.

Popoyi’s guardian Colin Law had hoped Moshapo would not be granted bail and would be detained by police.

“Today he (Thulani) is a tragic statistic, a victim of an illegal establishment leased out by a man who is more interested in being a Rand Lord than a landlord,” said Law.

He added that a memorial service would be held at St Columba’s Church at 45 Lurgan Road in Parkview Johannesburg on October 14 at 2pm.

This would be followed by a burial at the West Park cemetery on Beyers Naude Drive.

Law urged family and friends not to bring flowers, but to make a donation to any organisation fighting crime in the country.

 

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